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Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Achouffe, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (337) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
This is ridiculously easy to drink for it's strength. Can't taste the alcohol at all. Dark brown with a thin but creamy and persistent head. Light fruit taste, banana most notably. Really great wintertime brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2678) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 27, 2015
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 14.1.2015. 2010 edition. Thanks Desverger and Dorte! Very dark red. Deep aroma, a little vinous, ripe summer fruit like plum and date. Deep alcoholic taste, cherry and vinous. Full body, almost flat, rich, spicy, nutmeg finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daanminator (180) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Mooi donker bier met een schuimkraag die bijna gelijk verdwijnt. Bier smaakt wat karamelachtig.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesio (2) - Ostroda, POLAND - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Bottle @ home. Sweet caramel aroma, yeasty, faint banana notes, toffee. Cloudy brown with low beige head, some sediments in the bottle’s bottom.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
SilverfoX (469) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
resin and dark fruit aromas from a dark bronze body with no head, tastes like yeasty old doughnuts covered in brown sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2535) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
Tap@Mikkeller Bar, CPH - (2010 Vintage) dark brown pour with puffy beige head. Sweet malty and dark fruity aroma and taste, yeasty, plenty of dried fruits, spices, warming and very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlauweIJsbeer (2) - - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Krachtig bier, was in mijn beleving altijd een ploertendoder! Nu mis ik wat body. wellicht wat jong, tht 12-’16

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmc619 (444) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
From 75cl into Chouffe stem. Beautiful red-brown with a solid lasting head. All-around excellent beer - winter warmer kind of occasion. Alcohol is completely buried - dangerously easy to drink. Very good beer for a January evening in Leuven.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatthijsE (907) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ home. Cloudy brown with low beige head, some sediments in the bottle’s bottom. Sweet caramel aroma, yeasty, faint banana notes, toffee. Too sweet flavor, caramel, date honey, yeasty, spicy. Lively carbonation, full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (410) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 33 cl bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn (€ 2.65). Pours a hazy reddish brown colour. Head is light beige, much less of it than La or Mc had. Aroma is verrry nice, like a mixture of some liqueur and red gummy bears. I’ve never had Curacao so the strong, alcoholic citrusy bitterness reminds me of Triple Sec. There’s also a more delicate sweetness, much like vanilla (from the barrels I gather), even a bit of chocolate. Thyme is definitely there (at least for some nanoseconds), below the caramelly thickness. The aroma makes me hungry - would love such sauce with veal. Taste is above average sweet with caramel and chocolate notes (but does not taste like chocolate), dark (dried?) fruits and red forest berry bitterness and some berry sourness, and somewhat metallic dryness on the palate and in the finish, with loads of warming - even hot - alcohol. Body medium (though I think the alcohol kind of makes it seem heavier), carbonation average or slightly above, texture nearing soft but with some graininess. Overall? I definitely enjoyed this the most of the 3 Chouffes I had today, as I am a sucker for darker and more nuanced stuff. This beer has been a treat despite the palate- (and aftertaste-) related issues but for that I developed a cure - I just have to drink it in tiny sips and not waste much time in between these.


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